Sherrod Brown (D)
Rep. Sherrod Brown became the first Ohio Democrat elected to the Senate since 1992. He had vowed to campaign as a progressive and not move to the center, confident that voters dissatisfied with the economy and Republican leadership would respond.
In defeating two-term incumbent Mike DeWine (R), Brown emphasized the frustrations of the middle class. He criticized free-trade agreements and accused DeWine of doing the bidding of big business on issues of health care and energy policy. Brown, who voted against the Iraq war and the USA Patriot Act, charged that DeWine was ineffective on the Senate intelligence committee.
Brown, 54, was first elected to the Ohio legislature at age 21, straight from Yale. A seven-term member of Congress, he says the Senate is his final stop. During the campaign, he crisscrossed the state with his wife, Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.